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Yellow Journalism: Crazy headlines over facts

Yellow journalism is a style of reporting in which sensationalism is emphasized over facts. Much of its history leads back to being the cause of the rise of much international conflict, especially in the war of Cuba and the sinking of the U.S. battleship the Maine. Today, yellow journalism is used a lot to attract attention […]

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Is Facebook hurting political reporting?

The internet is buzzing as Americans wait to see who will win the NY primary. Polls are showing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the frontrunners while fans of Bernie Sanders are still hopeful. A steal is unlikely, but possible, depending on who you’re receiving your news from. Every major news outlet is tuned in […]

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American journalism contribution: Joseph Pulitzer

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The decline of college newspapers

Are on campus newspapers dying? Possibly. Many colleges and universities are moving to an online model and dropping the print version of their news. However, this shift may not be the best move as print newspapers are still a valuable resource for advertisers. The question is are student media organizations able to adjust to the […]

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Ben Franklin: contributor to news

When one thinks of Benjamin Franklin it is difficult to think of him outside the political spectrum. One of the founding fathers of the United States, he contributed much to the Americas in a variety of ways. What some people may not know is that Franklin was more than just a diplomat; he was an author and […]

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Jeffrey Toobin and the O.J. Simpson defense

Every crime reporter has the “story of the century”. Little did Jeffrey Toobin know, his story would represent one of the most significant crime reporting stories in the history of the free press: the coverage of O.J. Simpon’s defense. O.J. Simpson was charged in the 1994 deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The O.J. […]

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Citizen journalists taking over news coverage

A new wave of media coverage is taking over it is all coming from our mobile phones and computers.  Citizen journalists are taking over media coverage.  These “street journalists” are collecting, analyzing and reporting news and information by the general public by using the internet.  They are playing an active role in the news citizens […]

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Galtung and Ruge’s list of news values

A list of news values was put together by media researchers Johan Galtung and Marie Holmboe Ruge in 1965.  They analysed international news stories to find out what the formula and factors were for getting them to the top of the “news agenda” worldwide. The list provides a scoring system.  It explains that a story […]

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When word of mouth takes a turn for the worst

By now we can all understand the power of word of mouth. It allows use to spread information to each other and keep up to date on current events. And with the technological advancements we have today, word of mouth is more powerful than ever with information being able to be sent within seconds.  But […]

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The father of public relations

Edward Bernays is considered the first public relations practitioner in the world and a founder of the field. In this case, a public relations practitioner would refer to someone “who draws on the social sciences in order to motivate and shape the response of a general or particular audience”. Bernays was distantly related to Sigmund Freud […]

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